Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Born in Bloomfield, Iowa, in 1841, Agnes came to Arizona in 1864 with her husband Jefferson Harrison Lee. They both worked at a forge, and Agnes cooked for the officers' mess at Fort Wingate, too. The couple worked hard saving money to buy their own ranch. Agnes, daughter of Iowa pioneers, had a deep faith in her husband's ability to cope with any and all dangers and disasters that might threaten.

They homesteaded the American Ranch, 11 miles north on the road to Mineral Park, and Agnes moved there in 1873. She had a good rapport with the Indians, and Viola Jimulla said that Agnes would give food to her people when they went to her hungry. She expanded the dairy and poultry operation at the ranch. Big celebrations were held at the ranch on special occasions.

On March 7, 1865, Agnes had their first baby, a boy born in Prescott. Edward died at age 16. They also had seven other children: Albert, Carl, Fitzhugh, John, Mary, Jessie and Lillian.

"All of her girlhood dreams," wrote Pat Savage, "her early married years, the hostilities of the ever-threatening Indians, the blood-stained trail across the northern desert as she followed the slow oxen to an unknown wilderness, the sorrow at the loss of her daughter and sons÷-all this was behind her now; and her closing years, though unrewarded, as they should have been, at least were tranquil."

Agnes died of paralysis in December 1917 at the historic American Ranch and was buried at Mountain View Cemetery.

Donor: Museum Rose Garden

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.